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The meaning and origin of the expression: Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em

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From Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, 1602:

Malvalio:
In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

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